I. Jack Shellhaas
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MANSFIELD: I. Jack Shellhaas (born March 30, 1924) died of complications from a heart attack on Sunday, July 28, 2013.
Jack, a life-long resident of Mansfield, had heart complications as a child, yet lived to be 89. As a child, he learned to play the piano rather than sports. Jack loved music, and was the accompanist for family sing-a-longs at home and was a regular in choral music at First Alliance Church, where he was a member. Jack also liked singing in gospel quartets ~ beginning in college ("3 Mugs and a Brush") and including a variety of men's quartets (including with his three sons) and many mixed quartets ~ most all as special musical numbers at church.
Jack served in an Army intelligence unit during World War II, was a graduate of The Ohio State University and a fan of the Buckeyes (most years). He spent most of his business career working in accounting at Morgan's Dry Cleaners and General Motors.
Jack lived out his faith in God ~ in various ministries (e.g., church elder, treasurer), but most importantly at home. He and Harriett (wife of 65 years and world-class baker) established what has become a "Household of Faith": four children, Jan (Chip) Gross of Morrow County, Jim (Sue) Shellhaas of Cleveland, Jon (Nancy) Shellhaas of Louisville, KY and Jerry (Gwen) Shellhaas of Columbus; seven grandchildren, Andrew (Summer) Gross, Peter (Heather) Gross, Alison (Brendan) Haggerty, Brian Shellhaas, Katelyn (Joe) Chambers, Nathan Shellhaas and Eliana Shellhaas; seven great grandchildren; and a sister, Sue Carpenter of Lexington, KY. In addition to his parents, Howard and Clara (Isley) Shellhaas and his step-mother, Marie (Wendland) Shellhaas, he was preceded in death by a sister, Sara Kleinschnitz.
Calling hours are planned for Wednesday evening, July 31, 2013 from 5:00 - 8:30 p.m. and Thursday, August 1, 2013 for one hour prior to the funeral service at the Ontario Home of Wappner Funeral Directors, 100 S. Lexington-Springmill Road, Ontario. The funeral service will begin at 10:00 a.m. on Thursday, August 1, 2013 at the funeral home conducted by Rev. David Phillips. Burial will follow in Mansfield Memorial Park where full military honors will be conducted by the Richland County Joint Veterans Burial Detail. Memorial contributions can be directed to International Friendships, Inc. (for the support of Jerry Shellhaas), 195 Chittenden Avenue, Columbus, OH 43201, Servants In Fellowship (for the support of Greg and Kathy Benson), 7 Ash Street, Mt. Vernon, OH, 43050, Evangelism Resources, 425 Epworth Avenue, Wilmore, KY 40390 or Grace Fellowship Church (for the support of Tim Bartholomew), 365 Straub Road E., Mansfield, OH 44903.
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Published in the News Journal on July 30, 2013